Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Four for Father's Day

Bob and I both made cards for our Dads last week, and we both helped each other, so I thought I'd share the results.

For the first time ever, Bob came home from nursery with a thing he'd made, and it was this Father's Day card featuring his footprint:

He hasn't wanted to craft much at home since the weather has been nice, and he'd declined when I suggested making a card the other day.  I felt a little pang of envy as he showed his creation first to me and then to Daddy - he's only away from me for 4 hours a week, and I'd missed a crafting opportunity with him. I needn't have been sad though, it seems to have reminded him how much he enjoys creating things, and the next day he asked if he could help me while I was making a card for my Father in Law.

I was working with a card kit, and I was almost finished, but the card had a shaped front and paper to look like sky for the inside of the card. To make it something Bob could do and would enjoy, I suggested we make a sky instead, using chalks. It's a very simple technique - just dab some chalk onto a blob of cotton wool and do random swirls and streaks on some card. As you can see, even 3 year olds can do it - it made my 3yo very happy :-)

Here's the finished card:

What I used:
Lucy Cromwell "Home to Nest" A5 decoupage card kit, Chalks
Crafting notes:

  • The sky is made of mostly blue chalk swirls, but with a few grey streaks here and there.
  • Spray the chalk with hairspray to fix it. You can get special artists fixative, but it smells nasty and costs a lot more.
  • I think more than 3 layers of decoupage can look a bit 'heavy', so I generally use alternate layers on my projects. As well as being more pleasing to my eye, doing this means your card doesn't have to go as a fat letter, and you can make another card from the unused layers.

A couple of days later, Bob asked to "play with your tools and make some nice shapes Mummy".  He likes quite a few of my tools, but his favourite is the Big Shot.  Looking for some paper, I spotted some that Bob had painted while playing a while ago, and I suggested a nesting star die because it would give him lots of shapes quickly. He seemed to get a real kick out of separating the stars and he loved spraying them with glue. He positioned them all himself.

What Bob used: XCut nesting stars die (for the Impress), Anita's acrylic paint - brown, metallic blue
Crafting notes: Bob mixed brown and blue paints on standard printer paper and I really like the effect.

Bob saved some of the stars he made so he could stick them in the card I made for my Dad.  I used more decoupage from the "Home to Nest" range for this card, it's one of my all time favourite collections. Here's the last card:

What I used: Lucy Cromwell "Home to Nest" Ultimate Die Cut & Paper pack, Papermania Capsule Collection "Lemon Sorbet" A4 paper, Core'dinations cardstock, cream rickrack, cream brad, Whispers blue-green brush marker
Crafting notes:

  • I used 3D foam tape for the decoupage, as it's half the thickness of foam pads. I added an extra strip to the centre of the bird box to get a nice curve.
  • The Core'dinations cardstock I used behind the decoupage was not quite a match for the colour in the birdbox lid and on the 'Dad' tag, so I rubbed it down a little with sandpaper.
Happy crafting!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

50th Birthday

You wait a month for a blog post and then two come along at once :-)

One of my longest standing friends celebrated his 50th birthday this week, and this is the card I made for him. It's an 'L' shape, because L is the Roman numeral for 50, and it's bright colours and fun fonts because he's one of the happiest and most fun people I know. He's also known for his love of red Kickers shoes, hence the shoe on here. I'm a big fan of minimalist for most projects, but especially for cards for men, and this is no exception! I hope you like it.

Happy crafting


What I used:
Papers: Papermania Capsule Collection "Spots and Stripes Bright" 12x12, old Papermania colossal paper packs (scraps)
Embellishments: Papermania die cut mulberry greetings "Birthday"
Tools: Craft Planet balloon punch, Studio g alphabet stamps
Other: Kickers shoe colouring page found on the internet

Crafting notes:
  • To make the card blank, I cut down a square card blank to be 4cm wide at the left and bottom
  • To cover the card, I stuck it down to the paper and then cut around with a sharp knife.
  • I've coloured the shoe with scuffs - well, he is 50 :-)

Friday, 12 June 2015

Crafting Cafe June Challenge - Black & White

Take your child to enough toddler groups and soft play centres and sooner or later you'll bring home some truly horrible bug. Most of my May was spent blowing noses (not always my own), coughing, and generally feeling very sorry for my whole family. My little boy and my husband were more ill than I've seen them for a long while, the poor dogs had to make do with trudges around the park, and a combination of a permanent headache and conjunctivitis meant that I couldn't craft. Happily we were all better in time for a long-anticipated week away - the source of many scrapbook pages to come I hope!

Thanks to our plague, I missed the Crafting Cafe challenge last month, but below is my card for the June challenge - 'black and white'. The sponsor this time is Inky Impressions, and I've chosen their cute Kitty with Bow digital stamp. I hope you like it!

Happy crafting!

What I used
Image: Inky Impressions "Kitty with Bow" digital stamp
Papers: Doodlebug "Black bouquet" 12x12, Papermania Capsule Collection "Monochrome" A4, Black card
Embellishments: Papermania "It's a Man's World" die cut greetings, Papermania adhesive stones (black)
Tools: XCut Dielicious nesting dies "Bookplate", watercolour pencils, Flower punch

Crafting notes
  • I added a black card layer under the flower paper. It's not visible on the finished project, but it adds a little depth without using foam pads or tape
  • I placed the greeting so that the cat appears to be looking at it.
  • To make the bow, I first made a template by tracing the outline onto a scrap of vellum.